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Briarcliff (IX-3)

1931-International Radio Call Sign:
Negative - Easy - Zed - Baker
  • Built in 1919 as a wooden-hulled freighter for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at Russell Shipbuilding Co., Portland, ME.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired from the USSB by the Navy in an incomplete condition, 1 January 1922
  • Loaned to the New York Naval Militia
  • Briarcliff (IX-3) was placed in service at Tompkinsville, Staten Island N.Y. as a Naval Reserve armory and training vessel for the 33rd Fleet Militia
  • Placed out of service, 25 September 1938, after sinking at her pier
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 December 1938
  • Final Disposition, on 29 December 1938 towed to sea and allowed to sink 25 miles off Ambrose Light
    Displacement 5,990 t.(fl)
    Length 268'
    Beam 45' 2"
    Draft 23' 10"
    Speed N/A
    Complement unknown
    Armament one 4"
    Propulsion none

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    Briarcliff 246k A photo picture post card of Briarcliff (IX-3) moored pierside at Tompkinsville, N.Y. where she served as a floating armory.
    A Ted Stone photo.
    Jay Milewski

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